Sesame seeds come from the sesame plant, which is native to Asia and East Africa. There are many varieties of these seeds and they remain one of the most widespread and popular seeds in the world. The seeds are initially in a black hull inside a pod, so once they are removed, they must be hulled, stripped of their shell, so they can be added to your hamburger bun!
Sesame seeds are not nuts, although many people treat them the same way. The reason for this is the presence of similar allergenic chemicals and proteins, which are also found in nuts. Therefore, if you are allergic to some types of nuts, it would be wise to speak to your doctor about sesame seeds.
Sesame is the name of both the plant and the seeds of that plant, which we come across in culinary preparations around the world, as well as certain natural health practices. Sesame, as a word, is derived from the Latin sesamum or Arabic semsem. Both of these words provide roots for things meaning “oil” or “liquid fat”. Sesame oil and seeds are highly sought after around the world for their nutrients and components.
You can roast or toast sesame seeds very easily, simply by spreading the seeds out in a pan (no more than 1 cup at a time) and ensuring that seeds keep moving continuously and don’t burn. You want a nice even brown color on the seeds, not black, and if you start to smell an acrid or strong smell, they’ve begun to burn. You can also set them on a baking sheet and cook them at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.
Sesame seeds are very healthy, which is one of the reasons they are so popular in culinary preparations. Sesame seeds are packed with unique organic compounds, such as sesamolin, as well as minerals like copper, calcium, iron, and manganese, as well as vitamins and fiber. These seeds may be small, but they pack a major health punch and can help with everything from digestion and circulation to bone strength and inflammation.
You can buy sesame seeds at all major grocery stores and natural health food stores. Basically, sesame seeds are available everywhere, as they are one of the most popular types of seeds in the world. Ranging from GNC and Walmart to smallest herbalists and natural health practitioners, sesame seeds are easily sourced.
You should soak the black sesame seeds in water overnight to make them easily digestible and you can then sprinkle them on your salads, in your yogurt, or even blend them into a smoothie.
Sesame seeds are good for optimizing digestion. The fiber they contain can help ease constipation and improve your nutrient retention. The seeds can help improve blood pressure, build strong bones, and protect the immune system. For oral health, sesame seeds are excellent and are commonly eaten as a digestive. Finally, they can even detoxify the body and lead to lower stress levels.
There is a surprisingly high number of calories in sesame seeds – approximately 50 calories in 1 tablespoon. However, this is due to the concentrated nature of these seeds, which are overflowing with minerals, vitamins, and organic compounds that the body needs. While eating an excessive amount of sesame seeds isn’t suggested, using them sparingly in your meals and adding them to your diet when possible is a very good idea.
Sesame seeds can be used in a variety of ways, either added as a sprinkled topping on salads or stews, mixed into bread, ground into a thin paste like hummus or can even be blended into a powder and mixed with various smoothies. Sesame oil is also very popular and potent for natural health remedies, ranging from topical applications on the body to using the oil as a digestive or an anti-inflammatory substance.
Word of Caution: Excessive consumption of sesame seeds can cause irritation in the stomach and colon. They can also show up on drug tests due to their small amount of THC. However, both of these things occur when the seeds are consumed in very large amounts.